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With an acceptance rate of 26%, admission to Lehigh University is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1400, or an ACT score of around 30.
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So, you’re thinking about applying to Lehigh University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 26%, admission to Lehigh University is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1400, or an ACT score of around 30.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Lehigh admission statistics.

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Lehigh Admissions Statistics

Lehigh’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 26%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 13,403 applicants, Lehigh admitted about 3,499. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.83, the average ACT score was 30, and the average SAT score was 1370.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 29, and the 75th percentile score was 32.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1300. The 75th percentile score was 1480.

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If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Lehigh is very competitive. Even if Lehigh is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Lehigh’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

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Lehigh Application Requirements

To apply to Lehigh, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application and Lehigh Questions and Writing Supplement, submit a School Report (including counselor recommendation) and Official High School Transcript, submit a Teacher Recommendation, submit your Midyear Report Forms and Final Report, submit an ACT or SAT score, and submit the $70 application fee. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 1st for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application and Lehigh Questions and Writing Supplement
  • Submit a School Report (including counselor recommendation) and Official High School Transcript
  • Submit a Teacher Recommendation
  • Submit your Midyear Report Forms and Final Report
  • Submit an ACT or SAT score
  • Submit the $70 application fee

The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 3 for Regular Decision. Early Action notifications are released mid-December, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates in late March.

Have you been admitted to Lehigh? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse at what your classmates will be like.

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Lehigh Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Lehigh, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 56% are male and 44% are female
  • 8.4% of students are international

Lehigh has a diverse class, as well. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 8.4%
  • Underrepresented minority: 3.3%
  • Two or more races: 2.7%
  • White: 71%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Lehigh offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

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  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Psychology

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Lehigh Tuition Figures

At $63,075, Lehigh’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $37,699.

Here’s a fuller look at Lehigh tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $63,075
  • Average financial aid package: $37,699
  • The average student debt of a Lehigh graduate is $34,215

Now, what is life like at Lehigh? Let’s take a look.

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Lehigh Location

Lehigh's main campus is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, approximately 70 miles away from Philadelphia.

Lehigh is known as one of the "Hidden Ivies" in the Northeastern United States.

Remember, you’re going to Lehigh for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

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Lehigh Academics

Lehigh has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Design and Visual Communications
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • Geosciences
  • History
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Molecular Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Technical and Scientific Communication

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Lehigh.

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Student Life at Lehigh

Lehigh has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Lehigh’s student activities:

  • Lehigh Poker Club
  • A Whole Step Up
  • Accent, Intonation, and the Future
  • Break the Silence
  • Camp Hawk
  • Dancin'
  • Echoes
  • F-Stop Photography Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Her Campus Lehigh
  • Innovation and Leadership Residency
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Late Night Lehigh
  • Local Business Development Club
  • Magic the Gathering Club
  • New Places New Faces
  • Outing Club

Are you an athlete? Lehigh’s got plenty of options for you.

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Lehigh Athletics

Lehigh offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Lehigh’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Lehigh degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

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Notable Alums

Lehigh has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Chrysler Corporation CEO Lee Iacocca
  • Film critic Joe Morgenstern
  • NBA player C. J. McCollum
  • Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne
  • Lenovo CEO William Amelio
  • Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert
  • Actor Paul Guilfoyle
  • NASCAR team owner Roger Penske
  • Poet Robert Gibb
  • New York Stock Exchange president Stacey Cunningham

And this is only a partial list!

Remember!

Getting into Lehigh is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person and online, at locations throughout the United States.

Our expert teachers and tutors will not only share with you tried and true methods for improving your score, but also help you correct deficiencies in any subject that you’re having difficulty with—English, Writing, Mathematics or Science.

Additionally, online classes can be watched On Demand, so if you miss a class due to your busy schedule, you can catch it online later. We have helped hundreds of students get the scores they need to attend the school of their dreams.

Best of luck with your applications and go check out Prep Expert!

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